Four months ago, The Chamwada Report did a report dubbed River in Waste, that revealed the causes and extent of pollution of the Nairobi River.

The report indicated that pollution of Nairobi River is caused majorly by human activity such as  irresponsible waste disposal and illegal construction of structures along the river banks thus narrowing or blocking the natural flow of water.

Since then, the government embarked on a battle to reclaim the river. This would see the commencement of a crackdown against encroachment of riparian land within the city and issuing a ban on use of plastic bags.

Residential buildings and business premises have so far been demolished amid protest from political leaders accusing the government of being inconsiderate of citizens' hard earned property.

But what exactly is a riparian land? And, are demolitions of illegal structures enough to help in reclaiming Nairobi River in the now infamous Regeneration Program?

Alex Chamwada sought experts' views on this and more on the process that has elicited mixed reactions.

The show aired on Thursday at KTN News and you can now watch it on the video attached.

This episode focuses on how encroachment on the riparian reserves is an impediment to the restoration of the Nairobi River Basin as well as the state of the Nairobi Dam.

The Nairobi river basin comprises Ngong river, Mathare river, and Nairobi river. The three join east of the city beyond which the three rivers join the Athi River eventually flowing into Tana River, which further flows into the Indian ocean.

The basin covers an area of 70,000 square kilometres, which is about the size of the former coast province. The state of the rivers has been a subject of concern among...


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